December 15, 2020

Faculty and Staff


Behzad Dayanim he|him|his

Executive Director, Tremont School and the Collaborative Learning Project, Inc.

Behzad is a visionary educational leader with a rich, eclectic background. A relationship builder to the core, he brings his passion for community building along with deep experience in strategic marketing, design, and communication to Tremont School. He has a deep understanding of our roots and a vision for the future. Having served in various creative and professional roles, Behzad brings a wealth of experience as a head of school, chief learning officer, seasoned experiential educator, accomplished musical performer, visual artist, and strategic marketing and education consultant. Behzad earned a double master’s degree from Brandeis University in Business Administration, from the Heller School for Social Policy & Management, and in Communal Service and Professional Leadership from the Hornstein Program. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz & Commercial Composition from the Manhattan School of Music. After school, you can find Behzad in the music room playing drums with the student rock band.


Tori Campbell she|her|hers

Health and Wellness Teacher & Student Life Coordinator

Tori grew up in Boulder, Colorado and went to college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in French and Russian. That led to a 20-year career as an Army intelligence officer, serving around the US and in Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, South Korea, Japan, and Australia. Along the way, she commanded a company, went to grad school (the first time), taught history and coached orienteering at West Point, and served as a project officer at the Pentagon. She is married to her West Point classmate, Jon, and they have two kids: Anna (15) and Peter (13). After Jon and Tori transitioned from military service in 2016, the whole family took time off from work and school and traveled for a few years, including a lot of backpacking, camping, and orienteering. During this time, Tori realized that although she loved intelligence work, she was more passionate about making a difference in education. She recently completed graduate studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and says the opportunity to become a part of Tremont feels like coming home to her.

Chuck Chaney he|him|his

Art | Maker | Project Studio Teacher & College Counselor

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Chuck has taught middle, high and college for over two decades. He received his BA in photography and built a multifaceted photographic career working with many fortune 500 companies as a photographer, manager and consultant. Chuck, always an artist first, returned to academia to earn his MFA from Tufts University in Studio Art, producing and exhibiting work all around the world. Through Tufts he [re]discovered that his voice was best realized in creating community and engagement through creative pursuits and thinking that led him to form a non-profit artist residency in Alaska. Before joining Tremont he was a director of college admissions, often feeling called to return to middle and high school education where his teaching career began. Chuck has lived all across the country and Europe, before discovering his home in Massachusetts where he is raising his two children with his wife, two dogs and nine chickens. Outside of the classroom he enjoys family life and creating in the kitchen, using food to bring people together.

Sue Cogswell she|her|hers

Middle School Humanities and Science Teacher

Sue has taught middle school students for over 15 years. Before coming to Tremont School, she spent 12 years teaching in Boston at a full inclusion middle school and tutored students in ELA and executive function skills. Sue grew up in Connecticut, and received her Bachelors in Psychology from Stonehill College, with a minor in Education. After working for a few years in the mental health field and a short stint in California, she began her formal teaching career by receiving a Masters in Special Education from Wheelock College. When she is not teaching, Sue likes cooking, baking (yes they are different), hiking, biking and spending time with her friends and family (including the fluffy ones).

Mary Frances Harris she|her|hers

High School 9th Grade Science Teacher

Mary Frances teaches our 9th grade High School Science courses in Foundations of Scientific Thinking and Conceptual Physics. She brings great energy, experience and content knowledge to Tremont School, having taught internationally and, most recently, as an Upper School Physics Teacher, Advisor, and Coach at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA. Mary Frances is simultaneously working on an advanced degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is excited to return to New England, her first time back since she graduated from Bowdoin College. She loves to cook and spend time outside, and you can usually find her spending her Sunday afternoons with football on TV or tossing one around with friends.

Irene Jackson she|her|hers

Middle School Humanities and Science Teacher

Irene is one of the Founding Teachers at Tremont School, and has been teaching for over thirty years. She began in a volunteer position teaching United States history at an alternative high school in Providence, Rhode Island. Irene has taught academic enrichment classes for gifted students, has tutored English Language Learners, and has taught high school social studies. She also taught courses in writing at the University of Maine. Before coming to Tremont, Irene taught grades 4-8 at Stillwater Montessori School in Old Town, Maine. She has a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization from Brown University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Maine. Irene enjoys cooking, walking, and gardening.  

Tore Kapstad he|him|his

High School Humanities Teacher

Tore has taught at the middle and high school level for over 20 years, teaching courses in World History, US History, Geography, Civics and Government, Economics, Humanities, ELA, Literature, Writing, Comparative World Religion, and a number of elective courses. He has taught in progressive public and private schools in New York City and Boston, MA. A graduate of Middlebury College and Teachers College of Columbia University, Tore is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies-History and also a certified ESL teacher. When not in the classroom, Tore enjoys sports, music, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He is waiting sometimes patiently and other times impatiently for the start of the next soccer World Cup.

Ian Murphy he|him|his

High School Math Teacher

Ian has 15 years of teaching experience and teaches courses from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. His primary passion as a teacher is to help students reflect deeply about the way they think and learn and develop self-awareness as students and young adults. Ian graduated from The Citadel with a degree in English, and from Cambridge College with a Masters degree in education. While at the Citadel, Ian served in the US Army and graduated from Airborne School. Prior to becoming a teacher, he wrote for a travel magazine, ran a martial arts dojo, trained dogs, and coached youth sports. Ian is equally passionate about yoga and the Patriots, animals and all things Star Wars. On the weekends, he’s usually hiking with his wife, son, daughter and dogs Moby and Cookie.

Nicole Notaro she|her|hers

High School Lead Science Teacher

Nicole brings over 12 years of teaching experience to her role as Tremont’s Lead High School Science Teacher. Most recently she taught for six years at the Acera School and prior to that at the Atrium School. Nicole’s areas of professional expertise include STEAM instruction, Executive Function coaching, Social Emotional Learning, Research and Curriculum Development, Making Connections & Creativity, Problem-solving & Team Planning. She teaches our 10th-12th and Post Graduate students courses in Chemistry and Advanced Scientific Topics, and will work closely with our 9th grade Science Teacher. Nicole is a graduate of Tufts University and lives with her long-time partner, Brandon, and dog, Scout. Her hobbies include audio installation, auto repair, construction, hiking, and yoga.

Ann Richardson she|her|hers

Learning Support Specialist

Ann has over 15 years of experience supporting students in both educational and therapeutic settings. She brings her expertise across many disciplines to fulfill her passion to help students succeed. Ann spent over a decade as an OT working with clients and students with a wide range of abilities and needs, most recently specializing in sensory integration and executive functioning at an outpatient clinic. Ann is also trained as a massage therapist, with a strong background in holistic and energetic work. Originally from Virginia, Ann earned her Bachelors from Bryn Mawr College, including completing a minor in Education, and graduated from Boston University with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. When not at Tremont, Ann can be found going on long walks with her husband, Eric, and two-year-old son, Connor.

Rod Thomas he|him|his

Middle School Math Teacher

Music and Performing Arts Teacher

Rod has been teaching middle and elementary school students for almost 10 years. He spent four years at the British International School of Boston where he was a Science specialist for grades k-3 and an “artist for hire” school wide. And at Tremont School, Rod brings this creativity to his math lessons to engage learners at all levels. In addition to teaching Middle School math, Rod is a professional musician who leads Tremont School’s Music and Performing Arts program. Before receiving a Masters in Education from Salem University, Rod studied illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and worked as a freelance illustrator for 15 years. During this time he taught illustration at Montserrat College of Art and the New England School of Art and Design. As an undergraduate at Colgate University, Rod majored in Psychology, with a minor in Art, and toured with the school’s original a cappella group, The Colgate Thirteen. Rod sings and plays harmonica professionally with his musical trio: Outrageous Fortune. In his free time, Rod likes building things with his younger son Ian, creating art with his older son Kieran, and dancing with his wife Sandra.


Suzie Kornblum she|her|hers

Director of Admissions

Suzie has 30 years of experience in teaching, education and non-profit administration. Most recently, Suzie was the Executive Director of Sudbury Extended Day, the Before and After School Care Program in Sudbury, MA. Her prior roles include heading the Business Office at Concord Children’s Center for 6 years, and serving as Director of Admissions at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. She began her career as a classroom teacher in the early elementary grades. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Suzie earned her BA in History from Dartmouth College, with a minor in Education. She received her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. When not at Tremont, Suzie enjoys watching movies and Boston sports events with her husband and three sons, playing piano, knitting, reading, and walking her two dogs, Kaiser and Mittsy.

Tiwi Mhlanga she|her|hers

Office Manager

Tiwi brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to her role as Tremont’s Office Manager. She has over 10 years of experience working in Africa, China and the Boston-area for community-based service organizations, international schools, and business training programs. Tiwi provides administrative support in the areas of program management, scheduling, and communications, along with relationship building and supporting students and our whole community. She holds several advanced degrees in marketing, business administration, education leadership and policy, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Tiwi is passionate about progressive education and hopes to someday found a school of her own. Tiwi loves live music and dance. She spends her free time following and learning new dance moves from around the world!

Maile Munson, LICSW she|her|hers

Consultant in Collaborative Proactive Solutions

Maile has more than 20 years of experience supporting students in various school settings, and is dedicated to supporting young people, families, schools, and communities to enable success through building skills and developing positive, sustainable relationships. She is consulting with Tremont School to train faculty and staff in Collaborative Proactive Solutions (CPS), to implement faculty professional development in executive function skill-building, and to lead CPS parent education programs. Maile previously served as Tremont School’s Dean of Students where she oversaw the social, emotional, and academic well-being of the student body. In addition to her license in clinical social work, she is certified as a provider and trainer for the CPS model through Lives in the Balance and conducts a private counseling practice. She is also the Director of Advocacy for Lives in the Balance. On the personal side, Maile enjoys practicing yoga, gardening, running, and time with her family.